Just a short coastal walk from North Berwick lies the imposing ruins of Tantallon Castle. Sitting on the edge of the coast, with Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth as a backdrop, Tantallon Castle is a stunning historic site that should be visited by anyone in East Lothian.
Steeped in history, Durham city is characterised by its Cathedral and the University. The city is a perfect size for a weekend get away, with plenty of local restaurants and shops, and history sites that explore the history of Durham and beyond. Find out the top things to do in Durham here.
Whilst travel abroad is still restricted, the key word being typed into google this summer is ‘staycation’. This summer is an opportunity to explore the local and regional spots that have usually been neglected in favour of sun. A holiday in Scotland can offer the fun and adventure of a holiday abroad, and provides stunning backdrops to explore. James and I substituted our hopes visiting Maltese temples in favour of a 2 hour bus to Pitlochry. Here’s my holiday guide to the best things to see and do in Pitlochry, Scotland.
In the shadow of Vesuvius, the city of Pompeii lies, brought to life again with hundreds of bustling tourists. The city, covered in AD79 by the eruption of Vesuvius, is an archaeological postcard – a snapshot of a moment in time. The remains are an eerie insight into a city in crisis – fleeing the eruption – with personal and public spaces frozen. Exploring the ruined city is an extraordinary experience which cannot be missed if you visit the Bay of Naples, follow these tips for visiting your Pompeii to make your visit unforgettable.
The region of Campania lies in Southern Italy, and has beautiful historic sites which showcase the Greco-Roman culture of the area. Campania’s capital, Naples, is situated in the Bay of Naples and meets the Mediterranean Sea. The archaeological and heritage sites in the Bay of Naples are a popular tourist attraction, where you can visit the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum or climb the very volcano that covered these towns. While many tourists explore the Bay of Naples, and maybe stretch further down into the Amalfi Coast, the majority neglect the historic towns which lie further inland, away from the Mediterranean. The city of Benevento has the typical Italian feel while not being crowded with tourists.
taly and its history. As the third largest city in Italy, Naples is packed full with things to do and places to see. First settled by the Greeks, the city has thousands of years of history built into its streets. Naples became an important city in the Roman Empire, with sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum giving tourists a glimpse into Roman society. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bay of Naples is filled with sites of historical and cultural importance. Here’s my list of top things to do when spending a week in The Bay of Naples.
catacombs of Naples are one of the most important palaeo-Christian burial sites in Southern Italy. Built into the hillside, these catacombs are home to burials dating from the 2nd Century AD. Now, you can visit the tombs and experience the atmospheric tunnels as you walk amongst the grave.
The Royal Mile is the historic heart of the city, where characters from all walks of life were to be found throughout the ages. A mile provides a lot of places to uncover history, and you won’t be disappointed when you start to delve deeper into the stories behind the buildings. In this one-stop-guide to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, I’m taking you right down the mile – from the Castle to the Palace, and EVERYTHING in between. Marvel in the beauty of Edinburgh and its hidden heritage and use this post to plan your next visit to the capital.
The town of Monopoli lies in the Puglia region of Italy. It is known for its many churches, one of the most famous being the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio delta del Purgatori, which houses an archaeological crypt. The seaside town is a great day trip for those visiting Puglia, with a harbour and beach to explore and relax.
Puglia is a beautiful region of Italy, which forms the ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot. Alberobello has been recognised by UNESCO as an example of spontaneous architecture in an urban setting. Its stunning streets are lined with trulli – white washed buildings with stone roofs. For an escape away from cities and to experience traditional architecture, Alberobello is not one to miss.